Understanding Knitting Patterns & Techniques

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How to Pick Up Stitches along a Horizontal Edge

Picking up stitches is a knitter’s way to avoid sewing on extra edgings. Pick up stitches along a horizontal edge by pulling up new loops along that edge and knitting a border right then and there. After [more…]

How to Pick Up Stitches along a Vertical Edge

Picking up stitches is a knitter’s way to avoid sewing on extra edgings. When you pick up stitches along a vertical edge, such as a cardigan front, remember that there are more vertical rows of stitches [more…]

How to Pick Up Stitches on a Diagonal or Curved Edge

When knitting curved edges or on a diagonal, create a picked up band that results in an attractive continuous curve or edge. Most curved edges are made by a series of stepped bind-offs followed by decreases [more…]

How to Knit Vertical Bands

Vertically knit bands are knitted in the same direction as the sweater body, from bottom to top. A vertical band allows you to knit a ribbed band that matches the bottom ribbed edge of your sweater. [more…]

How to Knit Horizontal Picked-Up Bands: Rhythm Method

When knitting horizontal picked-up bands, sweater patterns give you a pick-up rhythm, something like, “Pick up 3 out of every 4 stitches,” or they give you a total number of stitches to pick up. [more…]

How to Knit Horizontal Picked-Up Bands: Section Method

Horizontally knit bands are usually made by picking up stitches along the center front edge, creating a horizontal band by knitting at a right angle to the sweater body for an inch or so. If your pattern [more…]

How to Knit a Horizontal Buttonhole

The technique for a knitting horizontal buttonhole creates a durable, attractive buttonhole. Try your hand at knitting this 4-stitch horizontal buttonhole, which takes 2 rows to complete. [more…]

How to Knit a Round Buttonhole

The round buttonhole, also called an eyelet buttonhole, doesn’t look like a sewn buttonhole — it’s round, not slit-like. But knitting a round buttonhole is easy to remember, simple to execute, and adjusts [more…]

How to Sew Buttons onto Knitted Fabric

Cardigan instructions simply tell you to sew on your buttons opposite the buttonholes. But a couple of refinements can help your buttons stay snuggly in their holes and keep your bands lined up neatly: [more…]

How to Knit Moss Stitch

Moss stitch is an elongated version of seed stitch. Instead of alternating the pattern every row (as you do for seed stitch), for moss stitch, you work 2 rows of the same sequence of knits and purls before [more…]

How to Knit Basketweave Stitch

Like many stitches, the basketweave stitch looks complicated but is actually very easy to create. Basketweave stitch got its name for obvious reasons, as you can see. [more…]

How to Knit Ripple Stitch

When you knit ripple stitch, the purl stitches make wavy lines like zigzags. Ripple stitch is popular in afghans and scarves because it knits up quickly. Whether you choose a solid color, team colors, [more…]

How to Knit Diamond Brocade

Knitted brocade is characterized by an allover pattern of slightly raised stitches. This swatch of knitted diamond brocade is a good example of true brocade — as you can see with the raised diamond pattern [more…]

How to Knit Chevron

You can knit chevron patterns, like knitted arrows, when you stack increases on top of increases and decreases on top of decreases. The chevron shape comes from the stitches slanting away from the column [more…]

How to Knit Diagonal Ribbing

Knitted diagonal ribbing looks like stair steps. The diagonal ribbing in this fabric slants diagonally in one direction when viewed from one side and slants in the other direction when viewed from the [more…]

How to Decipher Size Information in Knitting Patterns

Most knitting garment patterns have some sort of small/medium/large sizing. In addition to that method of knit sizing, most patterns also give you the garment’s finished chest circumference. [more…]

How to Block Crochet or Knitting with Liquid Starch

Using liquid starch to block your crochet or knitting allows for varying levels of crispness. Before you block with liquid starch (or commercial fabric stiffener), read the manufacturer’s directions for [more…]

How Drape Affects Gauge, Yarn, and Needle Size

The desired drape of the fabric that you’re knitting will influence the gauge and the yarn and needle size you choose for your project. To decide on knitted drape, consider if you want the finished piece [more…]

How to Knit a Four-Stitch Cable

Four-stitch front and back cables are knit cables small enough to be used as an allover pattern without overwhelming the knitted piece. Four-stitch front [more…]

How to Knit a Six-Stitch Cable

Knitting six-stitch cables is similar to four-stitch cables. You can knit a six-stitch left-twisting cable (abbreviated C6F) and a six-stitch right-twisting cable [more…]

How to Knit Feather and Fan Lace

Feather and fan (or Old Shale) knit lace creates an undulating line that’s great for borders, blankets, or wraps. You can find many feather-and-fan lace variations, but they all rely on a group of increases [more…]

How to Knit Climbing Vine Lace

The knitted climbing vine lace pattern features a strong vertical element. The climbing vine lace pattern is composed of 4 rows. The wrong-side rows are plain with the exception of the single knit stitch [more…]

How to Knit Two-Row Stripes

Two-row stripes are easy to knit and can be applied to any pattern. A baby sweater knit in two-row stripes has a nautical look, for example. You can make two-row stripes knitting flat or in the round with [more…]

How to Knit a Simple Stranded Pattern

Stranded (or Fair Isle) knitting patterns consist of repeated multicolor motifs. Try knitting a stranded swatch with this simple pattern, which creates little polka dots of color. You carry both colors [more…]

How to Knit a Fair Isle Border

This Fair Isle border pattern uses five colors, so experiment a bit with your graph paper and colored pencils to get the Fair Isle border look that you’re after. [more…]


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